Multiple Sclerosis Scientific Research Foundation
The Multiple Sclerosis Scientific Research Foundation (MSSRF) is the Foundation of the MS Society of Canada (MSSOC), and was established in 1973 with an initial investment of $1,000. Over the years with financial support primarily from generous donations to the MS Society of Canada, MSSRF has become the largest fund in the world dedicated strictly to MS research. The goal for the Foundation is to support innovative and transformative research in multiple sclerosis beyond the scope of the MS Society of Canada’s regular granting program. In particular, the focus is on interdisciplinary research that fosters multi-site collaboration and accelerates fundamental advances in understanding and treating MS. Examples of such research are the MSSRF’s recently announced stem cell trial, research into progressive MS, and the ongoing investigation of pediatric MS.
The MSSRF currently funds the Collaborative Team Grant, which is designed to fund MS research conducted by scientists in Canadian institutions in collaboration with other national and international experts. Studies funded by the Team Grant stimulate frequent exchange of knowledge, data, and research techniques, and provides opportunities for scientific training for younger researchers. The Team Grant supports transformative research that can have significant scientific, socio-economic and health impacts in the MS community.
An independent Canadian accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers,
audits the Multiple Sclerosis Scientific Research Foundation
finances annually. Our complete audited financial statements are
available to our supporters and to the public below or by calling
THE MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH FOUNDATION
Ms. Nancy Love, Toronto, ON
Principal, NLo Strategies Inc.
My son lives with multiple sclerosis, and since his diagnosis I have been on a mission to do whatever it takes, whatever I can do, to help find a cure. I have had the opportunity to meet with many MS researchers, and it amazes me the depth, breadth, and amount of MS research that is being conducted here in Canada. Stem cell research, new treatments, imaging, genetics, cognition, and quality of life research – I’m interested in all of it. I am confident that we will find a cure within my son’s lifetime.
I grew up mostly in Ottawa, ON, but I have lived all over Canada, including London, Edmonton, Calgary, and Toronto, among others. I am a passionate Canadian! While I consider myself a lifelong student, I more formally hold an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business Administration at Western University. I am currently the principal of NLo Strategies Inc., an investment holding company based in Toronto.
VICE CHAIR, SECRETARY
Mr. Robert Decker, Oakville, ON
Portfolio manager, retired
My wife has been living with multiple sclerosis since 1984. I am particularly passionate about lifestyle and wellness research initiatives, as I believe my wife’s experience has shown a positive outcome through active lifestyle choices.
I was born in London, ON, but I have lived in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Kitchener, New Jersey, and Ohio, before settling in Mississauga and now Oakville. After gaining work experience in the insurance industry, I returned to York University to obtain my MBA. I worked as a portfolio manager for a number of firms before starting an independent institutional asset management firm, Aurion Capital, in 1996. I’m now retired and happy to be serving the Foundation’s board of directors.
Mr. Dwight Duncan, Toronto, ON
Senior Strategic Advisor, McMillan LLP
I would love to find a cure for MS within our lifetime, and I am particularly interested in the incidence of MS in Canada relative to the rest of the world. Originally from Windsor, ON, I have a BA in economics from McGill University, a BA of finance, and an MBA from the University of Windsor. I also have an honourary doctorate of laws degree from the University of Windsor. I served in elective public office for close to a quarter century in a variety of positions, including deputy premier and minister of finance in the government of Ontario, and I currently work as a business advisor at McMillan LLP and serve on a variety of corporate and non-profit boards.
Mr. Daniel Larouche, Montreal, QC
President, Larouche Consultant Inc.
I was born in Rouyn-Noranda, a mining town in Northern Quebec, and my ex-spouse lives with multiple sclerosis. After completing my education in economics at the University of Ottawa and management at HEC Montreal, I established a career in economic research, mainly in the fields of health and energy. I then transitioned to communications, specializing in crisis communications. I am now president of my own consulting firm, Larouche Consultant Inc., and I am happy to serve on the Foundation’s board of directors.
Ms. Diana Joseph, Calgary, AB
President, Westman Charitable Foundation
I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 33; my daughter lives with the disease as well, in addition to my grandmother. My daughter and I have both experienced the benefits of research. My quality of life and ability to still make an impact is a direct result of research and education, and I believe one day that “MS” will soon stand for “Mystery Solved”.
Born in Edmonton, AB, I currently live in Calgary. While I am now
retired, I was the president and owner of Wen-Di Interiors, and
vice-president of Jayman Built homes. Named Canadian Woman
Entrepreneur in 1996, ranked among the Top Women Entrepreneurs of
Canada, and a recipient of the Women of Vision Award for
Community Service and Philanthropy in 2005, I am currently the
president of Westman Charitable Foundation and still pursuing and
engaging in many business opportunities.
Mr. David Mindell, Vancouver, BC
President, Western Corporate Enterprises Inc.
Many people close to me have been directly affected by multiple sclerosis, and I am a shareholder in A&W Food Services, which has been an active fundraiser for people living with the disease. I am very passionate about stem cell research, and I hope the area will lead to great things for people living with MS. Originally from New York, NY, I have a BA from the University of British Columbia, and I founded, purchased, sold, and continue to own and invest in businesses across North America.
Mr. Joseph Randell, Dartmouth, NS
President & Chief Executive Officer, Chorus Aviation Inc.
Many of my loved ones live with multiple sclerosis, both in relapsing-remitting and progressive forms. Witnessing their experiences with the disease first-hand was a call for me to take action against MS in any way I can, and I am very encouraged by the progress made in the fight to end MS. I feel passionate about research that will translate basic science into treatments, and especially recent progress with respect to stem cell research.
Originally from Corner Brook, NL, I hold a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering Degree with distinction from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia and an MBA from Memorial University in Newfoundland. I have worked in the airline industry for most of my career and have been involved in many stages of business, including startup, growth, restructuring, and diversification.
Mr. Cory Turner, Vaughan, ON
President, Spicers Canada
Diagnosed initially with relapsing-remitting MS in 2005, I successfully manage the effects of secondary-progressive MS while balancing my corporate responsibilities for Spicers Canada and a family that resides in Las Vegas, NV. My individual approach to managing MS relies heavily on pursuing personal productivity, optimism, and gratitude on a daily basis. I’m passionate about investing in the development of new therapies for progressive forms of MS – not because of my own course but because of the countless people living with progressive MS whose daily courage and bravery has inspired me.
Originally from Nova Scotia, I was raised in northern Alberta, notably Edmonton and Fort McMurray. I graduated with a BA from the University of Calgary in 1994, and I have spent my entire career with Spicers Canada in operational, sales, management and leadership positions.
Mr. Rick Waugh, Toronto, ON
Many of my
family members and friends have personal connections to MS, and I
am interested in any and all types of MS research that will help
people living with MS have a better quality of life – and
eventually end the disease. Originally from Winnipeg, MB, I
graduated with a bachelor of commerce (Hons.) from University of
Manitoba and an MBA from York University. I am a retired banker
and now chair of the board of governors at York University, and
in my retirement I'm active in various areas of philanthropy,
primarily through my family foundation.
Mr. S. Paul Mantini, Teramo, Italy
Senior Partner, Bennett Jones LLP
I have seen
the way multiple sclerosis has affected the families of some of
my closest friends and clients, and as a result, I am
particularly passionate about identifying factors that contribute
to the progression of the disease so we can stop it in its
I am from Montorio Al Vomano, a small village in the province of Teramo, Italy. After completing my undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, I acquired my law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School, and in 1977 I began practicing as a commercial lawyer specializing in real estate, project finance, P3 and gaming law. I was a partner at Smith, Lyons, Torrance, Stevenson & Mayer until December 2000 and am currently a senior partner at Bennett Jones LLP.
Ms. Céline Hervieux-Payette, Montreal, QC
Bio to come
Ms. Valerie Hussey, Chair, MS Society of Canada,
Former owner and publisher, Kids Can Press
My son was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when he was 23. I am particularly interested in research that can stop MS progression. My hope is that my son will be able to successfully manage his MS as a chronic illness for the rest of his life, free of the debilitating effects of the disease.
After obtaining a BA in English literature with an education
minor from SUNY Buffalo, I worked in educational publishing until
I became the co-owner and publisher of Kids Can Press, Canada’s
leading publisher of books for children. I’m now retired and
gratified to serve on the Foundation’s board of directors.
Ms. Pamela Valentine, President and CEO, MS Society of Canada, Toronto, ON
MS SOCIETY OF CANADA
Ms. Lori Radke, National Vice-President, Marketing & Development, MS Society of Canada and Executive Director, Multiple Sclerosis Scientific Research Foundation, Toronto, ON